Thinking of purchasing a Ural for a l...

Thinking of purchasing a Ural for a long road trip in the spring. Thoughts?

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ParisMN

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jul 28, 2011
I have been a motorcyclist for approximately three years. I have been eyeing a sidecar bike for some time now and I have leaned towards the Urals. I am looking to take the rig on a long road trip with a friend in the spring (Minnesota to California via CO/NV and returning through northern California through the north and South Dakota back to Minneapolis. Am I crazy for considering taking the bike on such a long trip? Should I expect lots of issues on a over 3500 mile trip? Would one model be better than another?(Mostly looking into a Tourist). I am likely going to buy used, anything I should keep an eye out for or stay away from?
Thank in advance!
Anonymous

United States

#2 Jul 29, 2011
I have had a Ural tourist for two years. its a fun cycle and one that my grandkids enjoy and makes me happy because of their enjoyment. But i tell people that ask about my feelings, i tell them if i was to buy a motorcycle to travel the United States and travel the interstate and other highways i would buy another well known motorcycle. The reason would be that the Ural's top speed is about 60 mph. Another reason would be that a lot of people haven't heard of the Ural so you could be on your own if you have major problems and if you need parts you could wait for days to get them if you are in the middle of nowhere. I love my Tourist but there is nowhere the quality workmanship that other well known brands have.

if you are buying used make sure that the price is right. When I thought of trading mine for a new Ural i was shocked at what I was offered for my trade. So i decided against trading and well just keep mine. if you would put my tourist next to a brand new one you could hardly tell the difference.I might also add that they are not hard to learn how to drive with the sidecar. If you can drive any motorcycle ,you well be able to handle a cycle with a sidecar in about thirty minutes. I can tell you that you will be constantly making friends because of the mystic looks of a Ural. These are just my thoughts and someone else may have different thoughts on the Ural. I can tell you that you will hav to allow extra time whenever you take it out because you will constantly answering questions about the machine.
miamiheat

Hollywood, FL

#3 Aug 4, 2011
I've had a Ural tourist now for about 16 months, and I love it. is a 2007 that I purchased used locally.
The prior post is correct with regards to speed. You shouldn't be in a hurry to get anywhere on the Ural. With my wife and 110 Lb dog on the side car, max speed is 50-55 mph. By myself I can get it to 65 mph.
with that said, if you're planning on staying off the main highways, and just using back roads (best way), the Ural will do fine.
In the 16 months I've had mine, I put approx. 4000 Kms on it. The only problem I had was a faulty rear brake switch. cost me $10 from the Holopaw, FL dealer.
I am not looking into windshields for mine, will sure make those long rides much nicer.
Have fun and good luck on your trip.
ParisMN

Plymouth, MN

#4 Aug 5, 2011
Awesome, appreciate the thoughts. We aren't too concerned with the speed, 60 would be just fine by us the whole way. We are going to do some work on it and try to learn the ins and outs on the bike before we head out.
There is a used Tourist nearby for $3200 I am looking into if I can get the cash together before it sells, has a minor oil leak (but hey, learning to work on the bike right?).
If all else fails we have a person who will come get us and drive it back on a trailer, very last resort, but it's there if needed.
Just seems to be a very fun bike to take on such a trip and camp out of! Can't wait to get one and try driving the rig.

Since: Dec 10

United States

#5 Aug 5, 2011
There was an Australian couple, Graham and Julie, who came to the USA a few years ago, bought a new Ural sight-unseen in Oregon and then toured a good part of the USA and parts of Canada.

They had not a lick of mechanical trouble - only routine maintenance. Unfortunately they had visa problems and had to cut the trip short and return to Oz.

I'm sure they enjoyed the trip a lot. I know they met a lot of nice people and saw places an ordinary tourist would never get to. The Ural opened doors that would remain closed to anyone driving a rented car - like into people's homes.

Go for it. Get a newer bike in good shape and you shouldn't have big trouble. Uraldom is a small but warm place.
Frank Hilton

Horseshoe Bend, ID

#6 Sep 18, 2011
I have put 4270 km on my 2011 Ural Patrol in less than three months. About 200 miles per day on Idaho back roads is about my comfort zone and I am age 70.

This is the most fun I have had in years and it is lot more comfortable for your passenger.
Obama bites

Dunnsville, VA

#7 Jan 8, 2012
I'am watching your posts Mr.Hilton,keep all of us informed on your machine,your going to be my test case,for buying a new one,enjoyed your post,also thanks for the e-mail,us old folks speak as one,aarp rules!
Tree

Dunnsville, VA

#8 Sep 27, 2014
ParisMN wrote:
I have been a motorcyclist for approximately three years. I have been eyeing a sidecar bike for some time now and I have leaned towards the Urals. I am looking to take the rig on a long road trip with a friend in the spring (Minnesota to California via CO/NV and returning through northern California through the north and South Dakota back to Minneapolis. Am I crazy for considering taking the bike on such a long trip? Should I expect lots of issues on a over 3500 mile trip? Would one model be better than another?(Mostly looking into a Tourist). I am likely going to buy used, anything I should keep an eye out for or stay away from?
Thank in advance!
If your going on a long trip DON'T look at a ural.
Tree

Dunnsville, VA

#9 Sep 27, 2014
miamiheat wrote:
I've had a Ural tourist now for about 16 months, and I love it. is a 2007 that I purchased used locally.
The prior post is correct with regards to speed. You shouldn't be in a hurry to get anywhere on the Ural. With my wife and 110 Lb dog on the side car, max speed is 50-55 mph. By myself I can get it to 65 mph.
with that said, if you're planning on staying off the main highways, and just using back roads (best way), the Ural will do fine.
In the 16 months I've had mine, I put approx. 4000 Kms on it. The only problem I had was a faulty rear brake switch. cost me $10 from the Holopaw, FL dealer.
I am not looking into windshields for mine, will sure make those long rides much nicer.
Have fun and good luck on your trip.
Windshield,and you'll even slower.
drakar

Lima, OH

#10 Jan 17, 2016
Ural is great on any trip that doesn't include Highway driving! I camp off mine and love it. 55 mph loaded with passenger. 28 - 34 mpg Loaded! The most fun I have ever had, but there is a huge learning curve and you need to be able work on minor issues and have a good dealer or mechanic for major issues. Warranty is also great 2 year and able to purchase a 3rd. Once you learn to "drive" a Ural you will be hooked, but If you are disabled this is not a motorcycle replacement it is a very interactive drive not a cruiser. If you are an off road rider 2WD is a must but if not do not buy that option; save the money and put it into add-ons. Good and the Bad have changed my life!

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